Gov. Quinn still wants a ban on assault weapons even if the state can't legally block concealed carry. (Photo by B. Corbin/WJBC)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is criticizing a federal appeals court ruling that tosses Illinois' ban on concealed weapons.
Emanuel says the judges don't have any sense of the dangers that gangs and guns pose to people outside their courtrooms. Emanuel ridiculed judges during a Wednesday news conference.
The mayor told reporters he wouldn't offer advice to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as she weighs whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the mayor says that his legal staff and the police department are at Madigan's disposal.
Gov. Pat Quinn says his office will work with the General Assembly to fashion concealed carry legislation that protects public safety. The governor says he will insist any Illinois law include "reasonable restrictions," such as prohibiting people with a history of mental illness from having the weapons. He says his office will review other states' laws.
Quinn also renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.